This newsflash comes from The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ), Friday, June 26, 2009 in the ‘Law and Order’ section (p.29):
Teen tosses turtle out of car, crashes into tree
A 17-year-old driver stopped her car to rescue a turtle from the road, then panicked when it crawled on her leg, causing the car to veer into a tree, police said.
The driver was traveling on South Street around 12:50 p.m. yesterday when she saw the turtle, Detective Lt. Kevin O’Shea said. She took the turtle into her car with the intention of taking it home, but as she was driving on South Street, the turtle began crawling on her leg.
The driver, in a frantic attempt to throw the turtle out the window, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree on Canfield Road, O’Shea said.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was issued a summons for careless driving. The turtle appeared to be uninjured.
I laughed and smirked when I read this story. [God makes this stuff up and we are actors on a stage.]